The newly-opened venue still might not be too obvious to anyone wondering along JBR, but it is a big place that packs plenty of atmosphere.
Opened last month, classic South Pacific decor supported by masks and other props immediately singles out the venue from the rest of the property.
An open kitchen overlooks a spacious layout that is divided into a long bar flanked by stools and several dining spots, including raised areas.
The corner plot extends to an outside terrace area with tables and chairs that overlook the rest of the Hilton’s estate, including its large pool, Wavebreaker bar and restaurant and the beach beyond.
So while this is a big place, much like its sister version at Madinat Jumeirah, the design breaks up the space to provide intimate zones and spaces for larger groups.
As per usual, the cocktails that typify Trader Vic’s for many are in evidence, namely Mai Tai, Tiki Puka Pukas, and JBR’s own customised tipple.
Among the decor highlights are canoes from the Taiwanese Orchid Island, tribal masks from Papua New Guinea and fishing net orbs from Japan alongside hand-carved Tiki statues.
As with all Trader Vic’s venues, the kitchen boasts a Chinese wood-fired oven around which much of the food menu is based, to apparently make this the most food-focused branch in the UAE.
Live music will figure six nights a week.
FOR more information on Trader Vic’s, go to www.TraderVics.com